Pet Friendly Retirement Communities

Pet Friendly Retirement Communities

By Ric Dalberri, Founder of Retirement USA


Many Baby Boomers Will Need To Find Pet Friendly Retirement Communities
Pet friendly retirement communities cater to retirees. So many retirees now have pets. Since we are in the aging of America, many baby boomers have pets for companions. It is said that seniors live longer, happier, healthier lives with a pet.
Most communities or developments do consider themselves as pet friendly retirement communities. What does this mean? In general, it means that pets are o.k. to have and are not prohibited. However, depending where you live, in pet friendly retirement communities, there may be restrictions on the pet you own. For example, you may not be allowed to own Pit Bulls, Doberman Pinchers, or dogs weighing over a certain weight. Your pet friendly retirement communities or development has what are called ‘Docs’ or Documents that do have restrictions listed.
What restrictions could the pet friendly retirement communities have?
The pet friendly retirement communities you choose may have a certain area that is dedicated to a pet park. There may also be restrictions on where you can walk your pet. Be sure to carry all the paraphernalia needed to scoop-a-poop.
Are you going to an assisted living community or independent living community? Be sure to review their policies as to a pet friendly retirement communities:
* a deposit to cover pet related damages.
* insurance against dog bites
* pet care fee’s for pet care you can’t provide
* vet availability
How should you go about finding pet friendly retirement communities?
It really is not uncommon to see pets in pet friendly retirement communities. Ask those around you in the community where you plan to retire. They will tell you what a delight it is to have a pet companion in their lives.
What about traveling with your pet. Much will apply.
Like anything else, do your due diligence in your research for you and your pet friendly retirement communities.